The Killers has sold over 6 million albums in the U.S., over 5 million in the U.K., and over 15 million worldwide. But before the fame and fortune, what were they doing? Get ready to find out in this edition of Before They Were Big.
Brandon Flowers is the lead vocalist and keyboardist of The Killers. While growing up, his mother worked at a fast food restaurant, which would later become his first job. Then, after dropping out of college, he worked as a bellhop at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He recalls: "We used to get pimps going to the hotels. They'd promise a good tip as you loaded the car, but never would. Pimps and gypsies – terrible tippers."
Dave Keunig, guitarist and backing vocalist, went to community college in Iowa and dropped out of his music major there before he moved to Las Vegas in 2000 to find work. He found employment at the Banana Republic store at The Venetian Hotel and Casino on The Strip.
Mark Stoermer is currently the bassist and a backing vocalist. But did you know that before that, he was an organ/blood/body part delivery boy?
Ronnie Vannucci Jr.
Before becoming the drummer and percussionist for the band, Ronnie Vannucci Jr. worked as a photographer at Chapel of the Flowers, a wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip.